The Phelps Connection: An electric fusion of jazz, soul, pop, gospel

Soulful jazz vocalist Valerie Phelps met her husband, Kenny, when she was performing at Clowes Hall; now the two perform together with Valerie on vocals and Kenny, who has toured with Dee Dee Bridgewater and played with Wynton Marsalis, on drums.

The couple runs the Owl Music Group and dedicate a lot of time to mentoring kids and teaching them about the music industry.

The Phelps Connection includes original band members who performed with the late, world-renown Indy soul singer Cynthia Layne, who died of breast cancer in 2018 at the age of 51.

“I am blessed to have the opportunity to perform with them,” said Valerie Phelps, who will drop her first single in February.

The Phelps perform with Rob Dixon (saxophone); Reggie Bishop (piano); and Jonathan Wood (bass).